BMW has increased the battery capacity of the i3 and i3s from 94 Ah (33 kWh) to 120 Ah (42.2 kWh). Apparently, the two models can now be able to cover a distance of 260 km (WLTP test cycle) in everyday use—an increase of almost 30 percent.
Compared to the original i3’s battery (60 Ah, 22 kWh), the capacity has almost doubled while the size remains unchanged. As we can see in the picture, the battery pack produced at the BMW plant in Dingolfing consists of 8 modules.
As for the charging times, up to 80 percent charge can be achieved in 42 minutes at DC fast-charging stations with 50 kW charging capacity. With BMW i Wallbox which has 11 kW capacity, 80 percent takes 3.2 hours. Plugging into a conventional household socket takes 15 hours with a charging capacity of 2.4 kW.
For the 2019 model year, BMW has also added a few more updates which include a new exterior paint finish named Jucaro Beige metallic with accents in Frozen Grey, and an optional adaptive LED headlights with matrix function. At a later date, a sports package will be available for the i3 that includes black wheel arch surrounds, sports suspension with specific dampers, springs and stabilizers, lowered suspension, a widened track and 20-inch light-alloy wheels.
For the interiors, there is a new optional upholstery in Carum Grey with Brown accents, and interior surfaces in Electronic Brown. Options list also includes wireless charging and wireless LAN hotspot which provides connection for up to 10 devices.